(plz just disregards this post if its not what your after as its not a direct answer & i know regulars will confirm your answer.)
While acronis is superb for desktops (full OS clone & swapping hdd's is easy), for a laptop you may have to use a external enclosure for the new drive to be imaged on to.
It seems you willl need the acronis boot disk to copy the mbr
as the new imaged drive isnt bootable
thats the first clear site I found explaining the procedure as the acronis manual doesnt go through the setup for a laptop for some reason.
If any one got an easier answer than the solution below ?
heres an alternative all in one shot option, see video
i would also be interested to hear c.net regulars views on this product.